Saparua is an island east of Ambon Island in the Indonesian province of Maluku; the island of Haruku lies between Saparua and Ambon. The main port is in the south at Kota Saparua. The island of Maolana is located near its southwestern side and Nusa Laut off its southeastern tip.
|Location||South East Asia|
|Area||168.1 km2 (64.9 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||360 m (1180 ft)|
|Population||36,022 (2020 Census)|
|Pop. density||214.3/km2 (555/sq mi)|
Saparua was administered as a single eponymous district (kecamatan) of Central Maluku Regency (Kabupaten Maluku Tengah), but in 2012 an additional district of East Saparua was formed from the eastern peninsula of the original district. Kota Saparua (Saparua town) is the administrative centre of the residual (western) district, while Tuhaha is the administrative centre of the new district.
The island (including Maolana) covers a land area of 168.1 km2, and had a population of 32,312 as of the 2010 census and 36,022 at the 2020 Census. The inhabitants of Saparua speak the Saparua language, as well as Indonesian and Ambonese Malay.
Saparua was the location of Indonesian national hero, Pattimura's rebellion against Dutch forces in 1817. It was also the birthplace of G.A. Siwabessy, a prominent politician who was Indonesia's Minister of Health during the 1960s and 1970s.
Villages on SaparuaEdit
There are 17 administrative villages, listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census; ten comprise the new district of East Saparua, while seven remain with the existing Saparua district
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- Indonesia - Maluku Census
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- Saparua - Ethnologue
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- Media related to Saparua at Wikimedia Commons
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